Voodoo Vince, a charming exclusive from the original Xbox, is getting the remaster treatment. Heading to the Xbox One in early 2017, Voodoo Vince: Remastered gives fans a chance to own a piece of Xbox history.
Searching for his missing keeper, Madame Charlaine, Vince sets out on an adventure across New Orleans. Along the way, players will solve numerous platforming puzzles and dispatch countless enemies. Being a voodoo doll, Vince’s best weapon is himself of course. Vince can destroy his enemies with one of the 30+ voodoo attacks in his arsenal.
Voodoo Vince: Remastered will return fans to the game they love, with just a few more bells and whistles. Vince leaves the murky visuals of 2003 behind for 1080p resolution and 60 fps gameplay. The original soundtrack, by Steve Kirk, makes a return, with the addition of new remixed tracks. The original Xbox title will also receive Xbox Live support, as well as achievements.
Voodoo Vince is returning due to the efforts of it’s original creator Clayton Kauzlaric and Microsoft.
In a press release, Kauzlaric states, “Backward compatibility was never possible due to the nature of our game engine, but the ID@Xbox program got me thinking about publishing an HD remastered version independently, with much of the game rewritten from the ground up to run on newer hardware. The folks at Microsoft have been amazingly supportive of the idea.”
The support from Microsoft comes as no surprise. In a 2014 interview, Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer declared Voodoo Vince his favorite title that he worked on. When asked why he said, “It’s the first game my daughters and I finished together, where my daughters really felt like they were part of us solving the puzzles in the game.”
The early 2000s were ruled by platformers such as Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, and Sly Cooper. These titles were exclusive to PlayStation 2, as a result, Xbox owners missed out on many top platformers. While not the first major platformer for the Xbox, Voodoo Vince was a step in the right direction for diversifying the consoles library.
Released in 2003, for the original Xbox, Voodoo Vince is one of the few Microsoft platformers. Developed by Beep Studios, Voodoo Vince brought puzzle platformers to a console dominated by shooters. Fourteen years later it looks to do the same.
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Voodoo Vince comes to Xbox One and Windows 10 early 2017.